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December - January 2013

Holiday Issue

As 2013 winds down, we enter the holiday season wishing you the best for the new year. Our thanks to our culinary travelers for a wonderful year. Below are some holiday treats and new trips in 2014. Happy Holidays!

Saint-Hilaire de Limoux

The "Original" Sparkling Wine

Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux is sourced from the oldest sparkling wine producing region on the planet! In 1531, Benedictine monks from Saint-Hilaire were producing a still wine made from the Mauzac grape and stumbled upon bottles going through secondary fermentation. The appellation of Blanquette de Limoux was born! Still made in the same, traditional way today, Saint-Hilaire Brut is a wonderful sparkling wine with an affordable price tag.

Christmas Compote

Christmas Compote

Ingredients: dried apricots, dried figs, raisins, orange and lemon zest, apples and pears, cinnamon sticks, walnuts and a dessert wine such as a Moscatel Gordo from Spain.

Method: Boil the wine or juice with the finely sliced orange and lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves until it reduces by half. Add the raisins, dried figs, dried apricots and pieces of apple and pear. Simmer for a further 30 minutes until the fruits are tender. Add the walnuts. Serve the fruit slightly warm and enjoy.

The Gift of Travel

A Tour de Forks gift certificate is the ultimate travel gift for any occasion.

Our gift certificates promise access to our world of customized culinary travel: expertise, insider experiences, private touring, and the finest hotels.

Tour de Forks gift certificates are available in any denomination or for any package or tour. We'll send the recipient an elegant gift card personalized with your message.

For more information, contact us at 888 345 3005 or 212 327 3424.

Carcassone, Languedoc-Roussillon

New Trips in 2014

Each year Tour de Forks creates new, interesting trips to increase our offerings for your consideration. From established programs such as Normandy and Emilia Romagna, to new entries like Languedoc-Roussillon and Friuli, we aim to discover the best culinary experiences possible. Here's a sampling of our favorite new packages/tours.

The Other Southern France: May 11-18, 2014
This escorted tour will take you through ancient Roman roads, medieval castles and rambling ramparts and includes stops in the country's capital of cassoulet, where you will not only feast on the hearty regional dish, but learn from an expert how to make it. You'll be thrilled by the world's oldest bubbly and delight in a once-in-a-lifetime olive oil tasting and an insider's artisanal anchovy tour. All will have time to smell the roses in the region's largest rose garden, a visually and aromatically stunning experience. This trip is also available as an independent package. Click here for details.

Friuli Venezia Giulia
An independent package in Friuli, which produces Italy's top white wines and some outstanding reds. Its many culinary influences come from around the country and even beyond the boot's borders. For 5 days, you'll explore this beautiful region, taste some extraordinary wines along with San Daniele proscuitto and Montasio cheese, take some cooking lessons with a Michelin star chef, and stay in a country relais surrounded by oak trees and vineyards. Visits to Trieste and Udine are also included. Click here for details.

Food and Music in Umbria
Here at Tour de Forks, we love Italy. Especially for the food. But also for the music. Next summer, let us curate a customized audible adventure to central Italy just for you, complete with hotels/apartments, restaurant recommendations, cooking classes, winery visits, historical landmarks, and music festival tickets to the Festival di Spoleto, Trasimeno Music Festival or Umbria Jazz. Call us on 888 345 3005 or send us an email!

For further information on these adventures and other destinations call us Toll Free on 888 345 3005 or email

We look forward to helping you plan your uncommon epicurean adventure!